MAIG Declares Victory on Todd Jones ATF Appointment


As reader Tom S. writes, when you utterly suck and you’re furiously trying to remain relevant, it’s a good tactic to claim victory even when you’ve done nothing at all. In fact, it was the NRA’s non-opposition to Todd Jones that led to his confirmation as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). God knows what deal the NRA cut to let Jones through but I hope it was a good one. As acting Director, Jones did sweet FA to investigate and remove the agents responsible for Operation Fast and Furious; a black bag job that facilitated the transfer of over 2000 gun store guns to Mexican drug thugs. (One of which was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.) As Senator Grassley’s January press release points out [bullet points after the jump], Jones stood four-square in the way of transparency and accountability—to the point where he publicly threatened F&F whistleblowers. And yet, there he is: Gun Control Advocates’ Jackboot-in-Chief. Again, I hope it was worth it . . .

  • Failure to hold all the ATF personnel responsible for Operation Fast and Furious accountable – Nearly two years have gone by since the congressional investigation began.  Still, several key individuals identified by both Congress and the Inspector General as having played prominent roles in using reckless tactics remain with the agency.
  • Failure to support Fast and Furious whistleblowers – The Congressional investigation, the independent Department of Justice Inspector General, and an internal ATF review during Jones’ tenure exonerated the Fast and Furious whistleblowers.  Yet, Jones has never commended or publicly defended these agents who brought the wrongdoing in Operation Fast and Furious to light.  These whistleblowers faced retaliation from both inside and outside the Department of Justice, but Jones has steadfastly declined to recognize their heroic efforts to stop ATF gunwalking.
  • Perceived hostility to ATF whistleblowers – In a video sent agency wide, Jones instructed ATF employees not to complain about problems outside their chain of command.  ATF released the video as Fast and Furious remained prominently in the news.  Agents within ATF were concerned enough to contact Congress about what they perceived to be a veiled threat and indirect criticism of Fast and Furious whistleblowers who spoke to Congress and reporters about gunwalking after complaints to ATF officials had fallen on deaf ears.
  • Affording special treatment to ATF supervisor cited for negligence in Fast and Furious – In a particularly outrageous series of events, one of the key players in Operation Fast and Furious accepted a lucrative job at J. P. Morgan while still on ATF’s payroll.  While the agency had no obligation to do so, the supervisor was given a special waiver under Jones’ tenure as Acting Director to remain employed by ATF while he simultaneously worked for J.P. Morgan.  This was apparently done so that the agent could gain seniority for his government pension.
  • An unwillingness to engage Congress – Jones has refused to discuss his actions and problems within his agency related to Operation Fast and Furious with congressional investigators.  This position stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, former Acting ATF Director Ken Melson, whoproactively sought an opportunity to tell investigators his understanding of what had gone wrong in Operation Fast and Furious and with the Justice Department’s flawed response to whistleblower allegations.
  • Failure to apply lessons ATF has learned from Fast and Furious – Jones has, to date, exhibited a general failure to articulate to Congress, ATF agents, and the public his understanding of what went wrong, who is responsible, and what ATF needs to do in the future to be successful in its mission of enforcing firearms laws.  He has not offered plans for reforming or restructuring the failed supervisory framework that allowed reckless tactics to continue for over a year and contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent and numerous Mexican citizens.


  1. avatar B says:

    They gotta take em where they can get em. MAIG is almost a pariah now. Just being associated with it brings with it the baggage that is furor Bloomber. They are flopping around right now making noise, but its up to the voters now to show what we think of “elites” telling us whats best for us in the next election.

  2. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    I suspect the NRA figured it was easier to lay blame for future ATF phuck-ups at the feet of a permanent director rather than someone living out a suitcase at the Pentagon Ritz-Carlton who can argue that without the “permanent” title, he was powerless to make real changes. . . . . .

    This may be a good move. Now B. Todd Jones has to respond to congress. . . and it is an election year coming up.

    1. avatar ChuckN says:

      He’ll respond to congress the same way Holder et al do, with a raised
      middle finger and a hearty “screw you”.

      1. avatar Gene says:

        Ah, the ole “contempt of impotent Congress” ploy. Foiling a Congressional subpoena by not answering the phone while a raid occurs due to a baby deer which is to be remanded to a rehabilitator shortly thereafter.

        1. avatar ChuckN says:

          Considering Holder actually was ruled to be in contempt but so far
          the DOJ has ignored orders to prosecute him. Add to that refusals
          to answer, much less cooperate, by other agencies such as the
          EPA, IRS and NLRB with little to no repercussions. I’d say these
          make a fairly good argument that congress is “impotent”.
          How much is willful is another matter.

          The baby deer was euthanized btw.

        2. avatar JoshuaS says:

          Question. Couldn’t Congress appoint a special prosecutor and/or impeach Holder? I suppose impeachment could flop, as the Senate must convict and it wouldn’t. But maybe he would resign rather than face the ignominy of impeachment? Heck it is even rarer than presidential impeachment….only one cabinet secretary has ever been impeached.

        3. avatar JusBill says:

          “The baby deer was euthanized btw.” Not euthanized, “terminally rehabilitated.”

      2. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

        The situation in which we find ourselves, viz. a criminal US AG and a criminal President who protect one another, is deeply problematic. I’m no constitutional scholar, but this seems to be a serious flaw in the system of checks and balances.

        1. avatar JusBill says:

          The system of checks and balances was abandoned during the Bush administration. See Operation Iraqui Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, etc.

    2. avatar Roscoe says:

      Another like minded Democratic grabber disciple for Obama. This Administration will have Jones employ ATF regulatory means wherever possible to tighten the screws any way it can on gun owners and purveyors all the while feigning ignorance as to what is going on.

      1. avatar nice guns says:

        Its inevitable, they want a civil war. You know what, the only way this mess gets fixed is what they are trying to bring. Let’s just get it over with and fix the problem.

  3. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    By the way, I am sure no one noticed, but Obama nominated Steven Croley to be the General Counsel of the Dept. of Energy. Croley is on leave from U of M Law school, is married to a Michigan Supreme Court Justice (who was selected b/c another democrat committed fraud and is going to federal prison), and most recently, while working the white house, was the one directing Obama’s anti-gun efforts.

    This may be good news in that either Obama is giving up his anti-gun agenda for the time being (mid-term 2014 elections) or . . . . he is looking for a new sucker to take the lead.

  4. avatar In Memphis says:

    “Its not unusual…” oh, uh wrong guy? My bad.

    1. avatar chuck (slave to nj) says:

      Lol very nice

  5. avatar Brian says:

    ” Jones did sweet FA to investigate and remove the agents responsible”

    What is “sweet FA” ?. I don’t understand the jargon.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Sweet fvckall. It means “nothing” or “less than nothing.”

      1. avatar Gunracer1958 says:

        Matt in FL,

        That is actually the square root of FA!!!!!!!!!!

        1. avatar Rick says:

          Mmmmm. No. The square root of “FA” is “FU!” (Grin.)

  6. avatar alanhinMN says:

    “YAY! YIPPEE!! We got another criminal thug in office.” as stated by Demand Action to End Gun Violence. Simply amazing.

    1. avatar JusBill says:

      Rev. Al Sharpton approves.

  7. avatar Brian says:

    NRA may have figured the devil they knew was better than the one they didn’t. I’m not aware of anyone thinking Jones is particularly cunning and the NRA may have been worried the next guy would have been.

  8. avatar Crazed Java says:

    Victory? I guess if they want to call it that.

    Reminds me of projects that take a year longer than expected and three times the budget. That’s a failure by any objective measure but they still throw a big celebration like they just won the Superbowl.

    Good luck on your “victory”. 7 years to nominate someone to that post sounds like a win for the NRA to me.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Maybe now that they have declared victory, they’ll just go home. . .

    2. avatar Gtfoxy says:

      7yrs? Wouldn’t that have been a Bush nominee?

  9. avatar Matt in FL says:

    So how “in the news” is MAIG go to be able to be when the angry dwarf is no longer in office in a few months, since he’s the face of the organization?

    What I mean is, he gives speeches all the time now, but many if not most of those speeches are only in his realm of opportunity because he’s the mayor of NYC, and he shoehorns his anti-gun agit-prop into them. Once he’s no longer mayor, how much will his ability to grandstand decline, and by extension, how will that cause MAIG’s star to shine a little less brightly?

    He can still give speeches, but will anyone listen or care when he’s an ex-?

    1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

      what, you’re not supportive of a Bloomberg 2016 campaign?

    2. avatar JT says:

      He will still do what he does now. He has too big of an ego to stop. What I will enjoy is that he won’t be able to use the NYPD as his personal security force and will have to pay for security out of his pocket instead of using taxpayer money.

    3. avatar JusBill says:

      He still has his media soapbox.

  10. avatar Gyufygy says:

    Well, while he’s busy not doing anything regarding F&F, perhaps he has some free time to hire more NFA people.

    What? A guy can dream.

  11. avatar Christian says:

    It’s pretty clear that there are no consequences of any kind for Sultan Barack Hussein Obama or his cronies, so why on earth would we let him appoint anyone else to ANY other post?

    Letting Jones through is a mistake, as egregious as allowing Eric Holder to be Attorney General.

  12. avatar SAS 2008 says:

    Gabby Giffords beat MAIG to the punch. On 7/31 Americans For Responsible Solutions sent out the email included below.

    They used the term Gun Lobby instead of NRA. I guess they didn’t read the recent marketing and messaging playbook. Of cource at the end of the email there was a nice big CONTRIBUTE button.

    Dear –

    For the first time in seven years, the agency tasked with enforcing our nation’s gun laws — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — will have a Director leading the organization.

    It’s a tremendous victory for our movement, and it wouldn’t have been possible without you standing up and making your voice heard.

    How do I know that to be true? Because for the past seven years the gun lobby has cowed Congress into blocking nomination after nomination to the post — all part of their decades long effort to systematically erode law enforcement’s ability to keep our communities safe from gun violence.

    But today, we took a giant step forward, and our communities will be safer because of the confirmation of Acting Director and U.S. Marine Todd Jones.

    Join us in congratulating Director Jones and send your message of support on our website. We’ll share them with him next week.

    During all of my recent visits to Capitol Hill, a constant excuse I heard from the senators opposed to common-sense solutions was that we need to enforce the laws on the books before creating new ones.

    Now that we have a Director on the job, let’s get back to passing background checks.

    All the best,

    Gabby Giffords

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      As the old saying goes, “Success has many fathers. . .”

      It also appears to have an extremely flexible definition.

    2. avatar Gtfoxy says:

      Wait, what?

      So get to enforcing the laws already on the books was not an Excuse, it was a reason.

      So how does having a ATF DIRECTOR make congress pass more laws they won’t still enforce?

      Bigger issue IS the multi-unconstitutional of “Why” BCG checks shouldn’t be broadened yet redefined is ,obviously, because it has a rate of inacuracy of nearly 50% false accuracy when a “Fail” response is given.

      In 2010 around 80k “Fails” were logged. About 40k of them were prior felons. Of those only 40 were prosecuted and only 8 were convicted.

      Now, on the flip side of that coin, that means that another 40k individuals were denied their constitutional right to purchase a firearm!

      That is unacceptable in my reading that clearly states “, Shall NOT be Infringed.”

      If that isn’t a direct infringement then I don’t know what is.

      If it went from just FFL’s to everyone, that number would probably triple.

      With over 1.5million BCG’s being performed in Jan. & Feb. consecutively, and lets give a fail ratio of even 10% that could be over 150k individuals. Now if private sales were equal, & the error remained the same, that would then be 300k false “Fails”, per MONTH!

      Very disturbing, Indeed.

      Who would stand for that in regard to voting or freedom of speech?

      So in order to laughingly prevent felons from obtaining firearms, just as many are punished for doing nothing by loosing their constitutional rights?

      1. avatar JusBill says:

        Has anybody ever run a BCG check on the space cadet?

  13. avatar mediocrates says:

    isn’t that the same tactic employed by terrorist organizations?

  14. avatar Michael says:

    Yet another reason why I cut my NRA life membership card up 19-years ago. The NRA is a political organization, not a gun rights organization. It doesn’t care about gun rights, just making money and being politically relevant.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Exactly. It’s because the NRA is so ineffective that the Senate was able to pass all of those gun control bills earlier this year, such as Manchin-Toomey and the Feinstein AWB.

      Oh, wait . . . .

  15. avatar PeterC says:

    The photo makes it obvious…any objection to the Todd Jones appointment must be racist.

  16. avatar JusBill says:

    I wonder if the BATFE (and Torch Lighters) is trying to get to (or has gotten to) the NSA “treasure trove of big data” like the DEA has?
    Since they really aren’t concerned at all about breaking the law or anything, and terrorists use guns…

  17. avatar WI Patriot says:

    MAIG is a sinking ship, and the rats are abandoning it…Bloomberg, your days are numbered, it’s best to get out while the getting is good…

  18. avatar freedom from tyrany says:

    Another militant ni—r in Washington, I have to commend Barry, he’s putting them all in one nice package, don’t forget the bow and rope… oops I mean sting.

  19. avatar Pat says:

    The ATF must be eliminated.

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